Leading to Choices is a leadership manual based on a conceptualization of leadership as horizontal, inclusive, and participatory. In this model, leadership is viewed as a process that leads to greater choices for all by fostering communication among individuals who learn from each other, create a shared vision, and reach a common goal forged by consensus. The handbook responds to the need for leaders who aspire to create egalitarian, democratic, and pluralistic societies based on collaborative decision-making, coalition-building, and gender equality. Leading to Choices is designed to be adapted and customized to suit the diverse cultural, political, and socio-economic needs of women and men around the world. Meant for use in interactive workshops, the handbook includes "Guidelines for Facilitating" that enable the user to create a stimulating environment that promotes mutual respect, dialogue, and collaboration.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-128)
ContextThe Kyrgyz edition of the manual is being used in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and the Central Asia region. Though the concept of horizontal, participatory leadership is not an easy topic for women in a post-Soviet society who are accustomed to appointed hierarchical leaders, the manual has also served as the basis for a very successful 12-session live radio training program.